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Rhode Island Teacher Makes History Flying Biodiesel Plane

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments

A Lincoln, R.I., teacher made history Saturday, flying the first ever biodiesel-fueled airplane in U.S. history. Ross McCurdy, a local teacher and pilot pioneered the flight to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the destination of the Wright Brothers historic flight back in 1903. “I think this is the shape of the future,” he said. McCurdy has taken [...]

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Fundraising Taking Flight at N.Y. Aircraft Museum

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments

Despite the winter weather, activity at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., is in full swing with a pair of fundraising campaign, including one that seeks to raise $2 million for a new hanger. The museum is also developing a second campaign to help get one of its planes to France for the [...]

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Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

Mar 02, 2013 No Comments

As the Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team beginning April 1 to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Active-duty, Reserve and Guard units ceased all aviation support [...]

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Help us choose the cover for the next issue of Flight Journal

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

We need your opinion! Our editors would like your help — which of the covers below would you like to see on the June 2013 of Flight Journal? Click below to vote for your favorite on Facebook, just click “Like” on whatever cover you think we should choose! Click here to VOTE  

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WW I “History”— Student Academy Award-winning Animation

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during World War I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a [...]

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John Browning’s Aerial Equalizer: Ma Deuce

Feb 28, 2013 3 Comments

By Barrett Tillman In 1966, novelist Robert Ruark wrote a nonfiction book about hunting in Africa. It was titled Use Enough Gun—good advice for everyone, especially in aerial combat. When the world’s air arms used mixed machine gun and cannon armament for fighters, and mostly rifle-caliber guns on bombers, the United States took another route. [...]

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Aviation Insider: Barnaby Wainfan on the new face of Aerodynamics

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments

By Barrett Tillman Our readers know Barnaby Wainfan as a knowledgeable writer with insight into unconventional aircraft designs. Among his Flight Journal articles are his contributions on lifting bodies and the Vought V-173 “Flying Flapjack.” Wainfan is a longtime aeronautical engineer with degrees from Cornell and the University of Michigan. He has worked with Northrop [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments

1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot, was born. Colstermann was a French flying ace, author, engineer and politician. 1937 – First flight of the Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Allied reporting name “Ann”). It is the first Japanese aircraft to be powered by a modern two-row radial engine. 1947 – U. S. Army Air Forces Captain Robert E. Thacker (pilot) and Lieutenant [...]

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